The Hyde Schools
Bath, Maine, United States
|Type||Independent, day and boarding|
|Motto||Be The Best Possible You|
|Religious affiliation(s)||No Affiliation|
|Headmaster||Laura Gauld (Bath); Robert Felt (Woodstock)|
|Average class size||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1|
|Campus||Rural, 123 acres(Woodstock)
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||10 Interscholastic sports
10 Interscholastic teams
|Mascot||Wolf Pack (Woodstock)
The Hyde Schools are a network of college preparatory private and public schools, with boarding schools in Bath, Maine and Woodstock, Connecticut, serving students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate studies. The first Hyde School was founded in 1966.
In 1966 Joe Gauld, a seasoned educator in traditional private schools, founded Hyde School in Bath, Maine after realizing that the singular focus on achievement in American education wouldn't necessarily lead all students to reach their fullest potential. Gauld saw students with innate ability achieving high marks in classes and athletics but lacking integrity, genuine curiosity, and concern for their peers, and subsequently failing to thrive in life after college. Meanwhile, Gauld worked with other students embodying the effort, grit, honesty and work ethic necessary for success, and even with below average marks, were succeeding in life after college.
Starting a new school from the ground up, Gauld reached out to Headmasters at other schools offering to admit students who had the potential to succeed but were not making it in the traditional school setting. Hyde’s mission from the start was to reach students of all abilities, backgrounds and track records: “Over-Achievers,” “Good-to-Great,” and students needing a life-changing “Turn-Around” would all be supported, challenged and inspired to commit to excellence in character.
A second campus was later established in 1996 in Woodstock, Connecticut. Hyde also has public school initiatives in New Haven, Connecticut; Brooklyn, New York; and the Bronx, New York, and provides parenting workshops and wilderness experiences.
The Hyde School values effort over achievement and attitude over aptitude. Instead of building a curriculum around five subjects, Hyde School focuses on Five Words: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern.
A few years after the founding of Hyde, founder Joe Gauld realized that in order to inspire students to take a deep look at their character and commit to real academic, athletic, artistic, social and emotional growth, it would be critical to engage the parents in that same endeavor. The Family Program started at Hyde in 1974, and Hyde has been helping parents help their kids develop the character they need to succeed ever since. A parent community built on Self-Discovery and Family Excellence, the Hyde School Family Program inspires parents to model the character they seek to instill in their children.
Hyde’s success with parents and families has led the way to Parenting - The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have, a collection of inspiring parenting resources including nationally acclaimed parenting workshops, books and an online parent community www.biggestjob.com. “PBJ” partners with individuals, schools and organizations throughout the country to inspire parents, students, educators and corporate professionals with innovative experiences that build character, confidence and community.
Hyde offers a wide range of courses, including AP, Honors, Summer and Orientation programs.
Fall Season Teams
- Boys & Girls JV Soccer
- Boys & Girls Varsity Soccer
- Cross Country
- JV Football
- Varsity Football
Winter Season Teams
- Boys & Girls JV Basketball
- Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball
- Boys Thirds Basketball
- Equestrian Program (Woodstock only)
- Indoor Track
- Swimming (Bath only)
- JV Wrestling
- Varsity Wrestling
Spring Season Teams
- Boys JV Lacrosse
- Boys & Girls Varsity Lacrosse
- Track and Field
Hyde’s Bath, Maine campus sits on the former site of the 145-acre New England estate of shipbuilder John S.Hyde. It includes the historic Hyde Mansion and carriage house, which houses classrooms and offices. Other prominent facilities around the estate include the Wheeler Library & Academic Wing, and an athletic center featuring a field house, wrestling room, entertainment center, and weight and cardio rooms overlooking the 1915 Sunken Garden. Students also have access to a Health Center, bookstore, cafeteria, a Student Life Center, Spiritual Center, three playing fields, including a turf field, an all-weather track, indoor tennis and basketball courts, and several dormitories. There are miles of wooded running, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails.The campus includes a ropes course with zip line, state-of-the-art music recording studio,climbing wall, and ice skating ponds, as well as a 600-acre wilderness facility located in the Bigelow Mountains in Eustis, Maine.
The Hyde School campus in Woodstock, Connecticut is situated on the grounds of a former Catholic women’s college. The 120-acre campus includes classroom buildings and a student union with dining hall, 200-room dormitory facilities, two playing fields, a track and turf field, ropes course, and a practice field. The gymnasium includes basketball courts, weight and wrestling rooms. One of the features of the Woodstock campus is a 1,000-seat theater, which is home to the Opera New England and Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, as well as to Hyde’s performing arts program.
In the media
In 1993, Joseph Gauld’s experiences were published in his book Character First: The Hyde School Way and Why It Works (Scribner). In 2013 Joseph Gauld started a blog on the Huffington Post. Television shows, such as ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 60 Minutes and NBC’s The Today Show have aired full segments on Hyde, and the Hyde character concept has been featured in publications such as Education Week, Insight, The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal.